About the Show
The US version of the hit comedy drama, with William H Macy as Frank Gallagher, working-class patriarch to a brood of six spirited and independent children
Series 4 Summary
As season four begins, Fiona has a steady job and Lip is enrolled in college. It looks as though the Gallaghers may have a chance of happiness, but when you're down and out, moving up isn't so easy...
Episode 1 - Simple Pleasures
Fiona gets established in her job, Ian is still missing, Debbie and Carl deal with the upheavals of adolescence, Lip struggles to adjust to college life, and Frank reappears in a state of ill-health
Episode 2 - My Oldest Daughter
Fiona adjusts to living above the poverty line. Carl tries to find a match for Frank's blood type so that one of his children can donate part of their liver to him, but Fiona refuses to cooperate.
Episode 3 - Like Father, Like Daughter
While Frank gets close to his unsuspecting daughter Sammi, Fiona hits it off with Mike's drug addict brother, Robbie. And Debbie lies to Sheila about going out for a sleepover.
Episode 4 - Strangers on a Train
In increasingly dire health straits, Frank attempts to contrive an 'accident' with an overeager Carl that will cover the cost of a potential transplant
Episode 5 - There's the Rub
Fiona's bad decisions come back to haunt her when Robbie alerts Mike to their affair, leaving her horrified and in employment limbo. Lip gets a surprise visit at college from the military police.
Episode 6 - Iron City
The family waits nervously for an update on Liam at the hospital, Fiona finds herself in the county jail, and Frank wakes up in the emergency room to get some sobering news about his declining health
Episode 7 - A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr...
With Fiona under court order to stay inside the house and Frank's illness keeping him out of commission, the weight of guardianship falls squarely on Lip's shoulders, but he gets some unexpected help
Episode 8 - Hope Springs Paternal
Fiona prepares for a visit from her probation officer by trying to get the house spotless. Carl gets into trouble at school, Debbie bonds with Sammi, and Ian returns to the Gallagher house at last.
Episode 9 - The Legend of Bonnie and Carl
In detention, Carl shares a connection with a troubled girl named Bonnie. Debbie is jealous of the new girl in Matty's life, while Fiona's criminal record makes her search for a job more difficult.
Episode 10 - Liver, I Hardly Know Her
Fiona goes off the rails and parties with Robbie's degenerate friends. When the family don't hear from her, they go into search-party mode, which is not unlike their past experiences with Frank.
Episode 11 - Emily
Frank wakes after surgery suffering from post-operative delirium. Fiona is hauled away to a correctional facility. Ian gives an ultimatum to Mickey. Debbie is humiliated by an older student at school.
Episode 12 - Lazarus
Sheila fights for custody of the Native American children. Fiona gets out of jail early and lands herself a job. And, as Frank's recovery continues, he begins to feel more like his old, troubled self.